Tosho Hayate defends his twelfth champion title at All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament
August 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
On August 14, the Seventh All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament was held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. The event decided the middleweight (less than 970 kilograms) and lightweight (less than 850 kilograms) champions of Okinawa’s fighting bulls.
Toshi Hayate defended his twelfth champion title successfully in the middleweight division making him the longest-reigning champion in the post-war period. He beat the 1984 record of 11 titles. The audience was uplifted by his performance. About 2,500 people cheered as the bulls demonstrated their skills, fighting ferociously in clouds of dust.
Meanwhile, another champion Seifuoudo, known for being good in long battles, fought challenger Oshirodaiku. Both did not give in an inch and had a long battle that marked the longest battle in the tournament at 35 minutes and 7 seconds. Oshirodaiku won the championship.
A great achievement in Okinawa Bullfighting
According to Tosho Hayate’s owner Ryosei Kochi, Tosho Hayate beat the previous record of champion title defense, which was eleven titles held by the strongest bull in the post-war Okinawa history Iwate Togai. The achievement by Tosho Hayate established a new record.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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